Socceroos winger Martin Boyle has rejected a big-money move to Scottish rivals Aberdeen before subsequently signing a fresh long-term deal with Hibernian.
Boyle is coming off the back of a career-best year in which he guided Hibs to third in the Scottish Premiership and has continued that hot form with five goals in seven appearances so far this season.
That saw Aberdeen offer Hibernian £500,000 ($A955,000) to sign the Australian. But Boyle rejected that on Monday, before signing a fresh three-year contract on Wednesday which will see him remain at Hibernian until at least mid-2024.
He said: “I was heading towards Asda to get my shopping when I got the phone call.
“I was told Aberdeen had bid and it was flattering. It’s my hometown club, I supported them at a young age.
“But at the same time, I have lived in Edinburgh for years and this is my home now. It was nothing to do with Aberdeen.
“This (new contract) has been in the pipeline for months. Nothing had changed.”
Elsewhere in Scotland, Tom Rogic continued his strong run of form with a second assist in three days for Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic.
Rogic set up the first goal in a 2-0 home win over AZ Alkmaar 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier. Read more about that here.
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James Holland, LASK – did not play.
Trent Sainsbury, KV Kortrijk
After starting for the second-straight game, Sainsbury was taken off at halftime in a 2-0 defeat, his side having conceded after just nine minutes.
Zach Duncan, AGF
Hasn’t played in the last three matches
Alex Gersbach, AGF
Also hasn’t played in the last three matches – all defeats for AGF.
Awer Mabil, Midtjylland and Lawrence Thomas, SonderjyskE
Mabil came off the bench and picked up an assist for Midjtylland in a 2-0 win over SønderjyskE. Fellow Aussie Lawrence Thomas was in goals for the SønderjyskE.
Midjtylland opened the scoring in the fourth minute through Junior Brumado, who was sent off after half an hour. Then Mabil teed up Victor Lind to seal the game in the 88th minute.
Daniel Arzani, Manchester City
Still no news on his loan move to another City Group franchise Lommel SK, having appeared in a friendly for the Belgian team last weekend. He was absent as Lommel fell to a 3-2 defeat in their first league match of the season.
Caleb Watts, Southampton
Watts’ season got off to a poor start with a 3-0 defeat at home to Norwich’s U23s. He played the full match and picked up a yellow card for his U-23 Saints side.
Kenny Dougall, Blackpool
Dougall played the full game for newly-promoted Championship side Blackpool as they were well outclassed in a 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City. He came off the bench for the second stanza in their second game, a 1-0 loss to Coventry City.
Tyrese Francois, Fulham
After starting the first game of the Championship season, a 1-1 draw, he came off the bench for a handful of minutes in their second match – a 5-1 romp over Huddersfield. He was an unused sub in a 2-1 win over Millwall.
Riley McGree, Birmingham City
Hasn’t featured in the club’s first three league matches.
Harry Souttar, Stoke
Souttar has made two league starts from their first three games, a clean sheet in a goalless draw against McGree’s Birmingham and then a 3-1 win over Swansea.
Denis Genreau, Toulouse
22-year-old midfielder Genreau came off the bench for his debut at the second-tier side, playing 13 minutes in a 1-0 win over SC Bastia.
Ajdin Hrustic, Eintracht Frankfurt
Hrustic – having recovered from Covid-19 – came off the bench for Eintracht Frankfurt in their Bundesliga opener against Borussia Dortmund. But it was a brutal start to the season with a 5-2 defeat thanks to Erling Haaland’s brilliance.
Brandon Borrello, Dynamo Dresden
Injured (broken metatarsal on his left foot), no specified return date.
John Iredale, SC Padeborn
Hasn’t played for his new club yet.
Jackson Irvine, St. Pauli
Also hasn’t featured yet, reportedly due to fitness.
Ryan Strain, Maccabi Haifa
Strain made his first start, playing 80 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to HB Tórshavn. But it was a second leg of a Europa Conference League qualifying tie in which Maccabi won the previous leg 7-2 and will progress.
Fran Karacic, Brescia
Wasn’t in the squad as his Brescia lost on penalties in the first round of the Coppa Italia to Crotone. The Serie B season starts this weekend.
Adam Taggart, Cerezo Osaka
Taggart played 80 minutes in a 2-1 league defeat to Avispa Fukuoka. He also played an hour in a 1-0 cup win over Sagan Tosu. In 10 appearances this season, he has just one goal.
Mitch Langerak, Nagoya Grampus
Langerak picked up another clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Shonan Bellmare on the weekend, and backed it up with the same scoreline in a cup win over Vissel Kobe.
Mitch Duke, Fagiano Okayama
The 30-year-old picked up his first goal for second-tier side Fagiano Okayama in his second game since signing after the Olympics. He scored in a 1-1 draw with Machida Zelvia.
Ryan McGowan, Kuwait SC
His first appearance likely won’t be until the Cup opens the campaign on 10 Sept, with the league beginning after that.
Danny Vukovic, N. E. C Nijmegen
Was left on the bench for the season opener, a brutal 5-0 defeat away to Ajax.
Ashley Maynard-Brewer, Ross County
Did not play
Milos Degenek, Red Star Belgrade
Degenek lasted just 45 minutes in Red Star’s Europa League qualifier before being substituted, apparently due to injury. Belgrade beat Romanian side CFR Cluj 4-0 in a first leg victory.
Mat Ryan, Real Sociedad
Still recovering from surgery.
Aziz Behich, Istanbul Basaksehir
We’re still awaiting updates on his potential move to newly-promoted Turkish side Giresunspor. Behich was left out of Basaksehir’s squad for a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Alanyaspor.
Brad Smith, Seattle Sounders
Played 62 minutes in a thrilling 6-2 win on the weekend, and was one of eight starters rested for a 1-0 win over FC Dallas today. Seattle sit top of the Western Conference with 39 points from 20 games.